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The full French text is accompanied by French-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.
Paperback, 103 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Riverrun Press (New York, NY) (first published January 1st 1957)
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Glenn Russell
Sep 08, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For anyone interested in exploring the fiction of the Nouveu Roman (New Novel), Alain Robbe-Grillet’s 100-page novella, “Jealousy,” would make for a great start, a prime example of the author’s unique style, a style highlighting precise, mathematical and frequently repetitive descriptions of objects rather than the novel’s more traditional emphasis on inner psychology or stream-of-consciousness. Reading this short novel set on a banana plantation within the tropics made for one unique literary e
Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 10, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-french
"The shadow of the column, though it is already very long, would have to be nearly a yard longer to reach the little round spot on the flagstones. From the latter runs a thin vertical thread which increases in size as it rises from the concrete substructure. It then climbs up the wooden surface, from lath to lath, growing gradually larger until it reaches the window sill. But its progression is not constant: the imbricated arrangement of the boards intercepts its route by a series of equidistant ...more
Ian Not His Real Name

La Jalousie

The word "jalousie" (the French title of this novel) has two meanings: one being "jealousy" (which was given to the English title); the other being "shutters" or "louvres":

"...a blind with adjustable horizontal slats for admitting light and air while excluding direct sun and rain."

Both French meanings are equally vital to the appreciation of the novel. To some extent, they've
MJ Nicholls
A key text of the nouveau roman, an unnamed ‘all-seeing eye’ narrator navigates his way around an African banana plantation, obsessively describing a potential affair between Franck and A . . . in a state of continual present (or ‘pressent’ as Tom McCarthy quotes from Joyce in his introduction). In French ‘jalousie’ refers to a window, making it harder in English to position the narrator as a jealous husband, crucial for decoding the book.

The detailed geometrical descriptions of the house and it
Apr 17, 2012 knig rated it it was amazing
Simply astonishing: I’ve never read anything remotely similar. To a very small extent a film like The Sixth Sense may carry a kernel of parallel in terms of narrative perspective, but this would only be in an implied, helicopter view point.

A plot of sorts is cobbled together of a few sparse events: A….., the mistress of a banana plantation in some hot non African country dines with a neighbour, Franck, whose wife and child are too ill to accompany him. Franck complains about car troubles, swats
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The security camera. The spy camera. An audio-visual recorder. Any all-seeing and all-hearing machine, non-judgmental, opinionless, without emotion. It just sees and hears, then records the informations that come its way.

What if a machine like that can write a novel? Then it could be something very close to this, by Alain Robbe-Grillet. It has only four characters apart from the narrator: the lady named "A.", her houseboy with no name, a man named Franck and Christiane his wife and their young c
Nate D
Jul 06, 2011 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: wandering these empty rooms
Recommended to Nate D by: The faint outline of a Scutigera
A detached viewpoint, narration seemingly without narrator, moves through a house, coldly considering its details: layout, textures, surroundings, shadows, stains, furniture, the actions and motions of two people. A fine-tuned study of obsession, Jealousy allows us a sort of psychological portrait of a character and scenario, but without resorting to any of actual introspection or psychology Robbe-Grillet claimed to loath at the time. It is a portrait constructed entirely of what our viewpoint p ...more
Jeff Jackson
I was overwhelmed by this novel - the tense repetitions, disorienting looping plot, descriptions suffused with seething emotion - but anything I could say has already been captured by Tom McCarthy's brilliant introduction. So I'm pasting that below.

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THE OBITUARIES Alain Robbe-Grillet received in the British press depicted him as a significant but ultimately eccentric novelist, whose work forswore any attempt to he "believable" or to engage with the real world in a "realistic" way. In taking
Jun 03, 2015 Erik rated it did not like it

A woman and her male friend sit on her porch, having drinks and discussing a novel. Her suspicious husband (?) watches them through a nearby window's Venetian blinds (get it? Jalousie = jealousy and a window with slatted blinds! Let's hear it for French puns!). Husband (?) fantasizes about the friend's death. Construction workers repair a decaying bridge on the edge of the property. Woman writes a letter. Friend comes over for dinner. Friend squashes a centipede. Woman combs her hair. Crickets c

Alborz Baghipour
Sep 12, 2015 Alborz Baghipour rated it it was amazing
اگر می خواهید درباره ی «رمان نو» بیشتر بدانید با مطالعه «ژلوزی» آغاز کنید. سومین رمان روب-گرییه که به خوبی تمام خصوصیات رمان نو را بازمی نمایاند؛ از بین بردن مفهوم «شخصیت یا قهرمان» به معنای متعارف آن، توجه افراطی به اشیا و جزئیات به ظاهر بی اهمیت، فروپاشی زمان خطی، بازتعریفِ مفهوم «واقعیت» و تقریبا هرآنچه که به عنوان خصوصیاتِ رمان نو مطرح شده از دل همین رمان بیرون آمده است
درحالیکه تا همین چند سال پیش مهمترین آثار این جریان (هرچند نمی توان رمان نو را یک مکتب ادبی در نظر گرفت) به فارسی ترجمه نشده
So, one of the things that is happening as a result of this narrative mode is some kind of deep solipsistic depersonalized....thing. Like, they'll have lunch, and the perspective which is describing stuff will describe everything, from its perspective, in detail, in a way that takes much longer than the moments described possibly could. And in a way, this is a true thing about the world (I know, R-G and cie. weren't into true things about the world or mimesis or what have you, but it's still a t ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1957 the French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet set out to write a novel in what he described as nouveau roman style. In this work he presents a story (of sorts) as told in the first person by an anonymous narrator who spends his entire time spying on his wife, A…, and the man whom the narrator suspects of being her lover, Franck. The setting is an isolated banana plantation somewhere in Africa where the narrator perpetually watches the two of them through “the jalousie window,” Venetian blinds (n ...more
Sep 29, 2007 Baiocco rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People Who Are Really Bored. People Who Like To Be Beaten Over The Head By Concepts.
Shelves: fiction
This book by experimental rebel writer Allain Robbe-Grillet accomplished exactly what it set out to do, but it was too contrary to my spirit to inspire anything. It reminded me of a French New Wave film, which, ironically, I always feel inspired by, but this was too detached even for my liking. Robbe-Grillet completly deconstructs a man's perception of his wife's affair into spatial relationships. It's cool for a little while, but then gets laborous, then you feel like the joke's on you for read ...more
Il faut saluer l'effort pour innover et trouver de nouvelles manières d'écrire un roman. J'aime certaines des techniques utilisées, comme la répétition d'évènements, le désordre chronologique, et la transition d'une scène à l'autre par un effet de dégradé (toutes trois utilisées avec plus de succès dans La route des Flandres de Claude Simon), et même le coup du personnage-narrateur qui s'exclue lui-même de ce qu'il raconte ; mais tout ça aurait été plus captivant si ça avait été raconté de maniè ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 20, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished
Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy (Grove, 1955)

Alain Robbe-Grillet's first two novels, The Erasers and Voyeur, were the best thing to happen to French literature since Apollinaire. Then came Jealousy. It would seem that a suspected love affair between a man's wife and their neighbor would be the perfect subject for an author who obsessively details scenes, going back over them to change small details and keep the reader off his feet, wouldn't it?

Sadly, in practice, it didn't work that way at all. We
Lynne King
Sep 29, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was ok
I was reminded of this author today by Scribble with regard to one of Robbe-Grillet's other books.

I had to read this in French at university and did I struggle. For a start the literary French was all too much for my brain at the time. And so I went around to the nearby university bookshop and purchased the Twentieth Century Text, which had a "Select Vocabulary" at the back to my delight as some of the vocabulary was lethal. The introduction was excellent and so all in all I finally managed to g
Travelling Sunny
Sep 05, 2014 Travelling Sunny rated it it was amazing
Amazingly written. The entire story is written with an emotionless attention to detail bordering on obsessive. It's all descriptions of a house, its plantations, its gardens, its occupants. There is very little dialogue and no inner-thoughts of the characters are ever provided.

And yet. There is this creepy undertone, a sinister something or other somewhere between the lines. As I read further and further, I became increasingly anxious, but cannot come anywhere close to explaining how Robbe-Grill
Jun 13, 2016 Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Վայ, էս ի՞նչ էր: Միայն նկարագրություններից կազմված անվերջ ցիկլ էր: Ու նկարագրություններն էլ սարսափելի երկար էին: Չեմ սիրում էն գրքերը, որ կարո, ես երկու էջ չկարդալ, բայց ընդամենը սենյակում դրած մի աթոռի նկարագրություն բաց թողնել:
Apr 11, 2014 HM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب و همراه دو رمان دیگر و یک کتاب نقد درباره رمان درفرانسه، مجموعه ای است که به تازگی مجوز گرفته و توسط نیلوفر چاپ شده است. وقتی روی کتاب نام مترجم منوچهر بدیعی باشد یاد اولیس جوس می افتی و این کتاب هم مانند ژانر مورد علاقه بدیعی رازآمیز و معما گونه و پیچیده است. شخصیت های اصلی زنی به نام آ و مردی به نام فرانک هستند و شخصیت سوم که در عین حضور هیچگاه نامی از او برده نمی شود و تنها از روی چیده شدن بشقاب یا ریختن نوشیدنی در سه لیوان می فهمی که هست و احتمالن همسر آ است.

کتاب خیلی کم مستقیم به د
Jul 16, 2015 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Everything about this little book is 'weird' from the standpoint of conventional narrative fiction.

The tiny, mathematically precise descriptions of the banana plantation from different angles and perspectives, the oblique 'characters' who don't really develop as much as they sort of elide and vanish again through different moments of time, seemingly doomed to repeat the same erotically charged gestures and statements from slightly different points of view...the whole thing is elusive and brilli
Mar 07, 2007 Johnathan rated it really liked it
This books grooviness has to do with the fact that it's a first person point of view, but it never uses the word "I." Subtle? Very. Compelling? Mostly, but some of the blueprint descriptions feel a little numbing.
Adriana Scarpin
Obra prima sem tamanho, compulsivamente o li em poucas horas, pois a capacidade do Robbe-Grillet repetir as mesmas cenas destrinchando a linguagem de formas diferentes é particularmente brilhante, especialmente porque reflete no tipo de pensamento obsessivo causado pelo ciúme, mesmo que se isente de qualquer tipo de análise psicológica no sentido clássico da acepção e sim aniquilando o tempo. Não é uma leitura difícil ou chata como vemos muitos dizendo por aí, mas sim melhor degustada por aquele ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This is an interesting novel because on the one hand, it is painfully, tediously, repetitiously boring. A narrator recounts a short series of innocuous events ad infinitum, returning to them in random times, everything always present, focusing on angles, on geometry, on the items in a room, etc. It puts one to sleep. On the other hand, we see in this examination of details the growing certainty of an affair between the wife and the neighbor, we realize that the novel is narrated by the jealous h ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Feb 07, 2015 Inderjit Sanghera rated it it was amazing
‘Jealousy’ was one of the first (and the best) novels of the ‘nouveau roman’ literary school, whose main purpose was to subvert the traditional narrative and plot structures of novels and break down the essence of fiction. For Robbe-Grillet readers had become lazy and were used to being spoon fed information by writers who felt that everything had to be explained, that readers had to not only have the plots and characters motives explained to them but should also be told how they should feel abo ...more
Undeva, pe la începutul cărţii, Alaian Robbe-Grillet plasează un scurt fragment în care descrie urletele unor carnasiere, urlete care se aud de pe domeniul unde locuiesc cei trei protagonişti ai romanului Gelozia. Oricît de bizară ar părea comparaţia, ceea ce ni se spune despre răgetele animalelor e perfect valabil şi pentru raporturile dintre protagoniştii cărţii, şi pentru traiectoria fiecăruia în parte:

”urletele seamănă între ele; nu pentru că ar transmite ceva, un mesaj uşor de descifrat, ci
Darran Mclaughlin
Jul 27, 2011 Darran Mclaughlin rated it liked it
Shelves: post-modern, french
I've been meaning to read this for years, but have been put off by how boring it sounds. Well, now I've read it and it was as boring as I imagined, though a worthwhile literary experiment nonetheless. The major formal innovation of this novel is that it describes actions and objects from the point of view of a consciousness (an unnamed banana plantation manager and husband) without attempting to describe the thoughts or feelings of any of the characters. He does not stick as closely to his forma ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Ada rated it it was amazing
This book is like no other book you have ever read.

At first, I admired the complex descriptions in the first chapter.
Then, after the second chapter, I asked myself "Why the redundancy? Where is the action?".
After a few more chapters I realized that there will be no other actions narrated, which felt weird.

But when I finished it, only then had I understood the brilliance of the book. I could feel the jealousy and tension build up chapter by chapter, although nothing new had been introduced. It's
Apr 11, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't fault this book for being what it is, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to read for enjoyment sake. The cover blurb says something like "masterfully contrived" or a "technical masterpiece". From the technical perspective, sure, it's probably a masterpiece. But it's impossible to enjoy, unless you get pleasure from thinking about a novel in entirely soulless terms, which is probably what Robbe-Grillet would have wanted. You're forced to think about the construction of the nove ...more
Victor Morosoff
Mar 27, 2016 Victor Morosoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obsédant et trop lucide. Une véritable maîtrise de style qui procure un plaisir loin de l'innocence. "La jalousie" est le livre de la sensation pure et du sentiment dissimulé. Il me reste à découvrir l'autre partie de l'oeuvre d'Alain Robbe-Grillet. 4,7/5
Czarny Pies
Nov 17, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ceux qui veut lire un nouveau roman.
Recommended to Czarny by: J'avais assisté a une conférence de l'auteur.
Shelves: french-lit, etron
Faute de pouvoir donner cinq etrons, je donne ce nouveau roman une étoile.

La jalousie de Robbe-Grillet est un nouveau-roman a l'état pur. On exclut toute analyse psychologoque d'un nouveau roman car elle est la base du roman traditionnel et la littérature bourgeoise. Le roman se réduit alors a des observations qui cree un narratif.

Bien entendu l'absence de l'analyse empeche le lecteur de developer des affinités avec les personnages. Donc, on oublie jamais que l'on est en train de lire. On rentre
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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

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